A sunny weekend for the Performance Coach Community of Learning Event

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Hosted at Grafham Water Centre, Huntingdon, the weekend brought together 11 coaches with varied experiences for a thought provoking, discussion led weekend. A great weekend had by all.

The Community of Learning event topics are driven by the areas that the group suggest, their areas of interests and their aspirations. The topics aim to stimulate conversation, challenge current thinking and enable the group to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Facilitated by Darren Sherwood, Ed Christian, Sid Sinfield and Steve Train who guided the group through the topics including what does performance coaching look like, skill acquisition, adventure sports coaching, motivation, feedback, educational philosophy and the Performance Coach Assessment.

The group of coaches were able to learn from each other, delving into their range of experiences and backgrounds. The group included Sea Cadet coaches, adventure sport coaches, performance athletes, horse riding turned SUP racing coaches, as well as sole traders delivering across a range of disciplines.

Today’s Community of Learning event has been really good. It’s not a question of sitting there where your given loads of information, it’s very much about us all working together collaboratively. Where the Tutors drop big questions of coaching techniques or different ideas and then we all start to have open discussions. There’s a wealth of experience in the room where you can expand and consolidate your existing knowledge to become a bit more confident about using it.

Sonya, Performance SUP Race Coach

The Community of Learning event has been great. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but it’s been really informative and has answered loads of my questions. I came into it a bit naive and had a lot of questions coming here. The first session really set out what I needed to do and what was expected of me. I’ve gained loads of experience talking to all the other paddlers here and the range of experience.

Kirston, Adventure Sports Coach and Provider, aspirant Performance Canoe Coach (Sheltered Water)


It’s been a really good weekend. It’s great to get loads of people from different elements of canoeing and bring them all together to see how coaching operates in different environments. For us from the performance side, it’s quite interesting to hear all the different sides, like the adventure side of it, and really be able to expand your understanding and knowledge of performance coaching.

Mallory, Slalom Athlete, aspirant Performance Slalom Coach

The candidate’s enthusiasm and willingness to continue developing and to share their knowledge and experience, should prove to be a great foundation to anchor the next stages of everyone’s journey.

Join a Community of Learning Event

The Community of Learning Events are part of the Performance Coach learning journey, but can also be attended by any coach interested in developing their learning.

You will share these events with other highly motivated, skilled and experienced coaches from a range of disciplines, having powerful opportunities to explore, develop and refine your thinking about your coaching practices, knowledge and understandings. The support and challenge your peers and the Facilitators bring to these events should feed your curiosity; stimulating you to explore and stretch new ideas in your coaching whilst also helping you to refine your existing practices.

Find out more about the Performance Coach Learning journey and upcoming Community of Learning events here.


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